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Andrew Will Red Bordeaux Blend Horse Heaven Hills Champoux Vineyard 2001

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Already the Champoux is showing itself to be complex, having not only primary fruit flavors, but also components of flora and earth as well as mineral aspects. Each year since we have been making this wine we have enjoyed watching its journey as it changes in bottle. We are expecting more and more from the vineyard and feel that we are being rewarded for our demands from it. WINE & VINTAGE: 2001 Champoux COMPOSITION/HARVEST DATE: 68% Cab Sauv / 10.01.01 18% Cab Franc / 10.01.01 10% Merlot / 09.17.01 4% Petit Verdot / 10.05.01 AVERAGE AGE OF VINES: 20 years FINISHED WINE Titratable Acidity: 5.9 g/L pH: 3.8 Alcohol: 14.4% COOPERAGE: Taransaud and Demptos new French 35% TIME IN BARRELS: 21 months BOTTLING DATE: 06.10.03 RELEASE DATE: 10.01.03 TOTAL PRODUCTION: Cases/750ML 588

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Andrew Will Winery was started in 1989 and is owned by Chris Camarda. The winery was launched out of a love for wine that Chris had developed while working in the restaurant trade for almost 20 years. Named after the Camardas’ son Will and nephew Andrew, Andrew Will has been a major contributor to the success and notoriety in recent years of Washington State wines. Initially, the winer... Read more
Andrew Will Winery was started in 1989 and is owned by Chris Camarda. The winery was launched out of a love for wine that Chris had developed while working in the restaurant trade for almost 20 years. Named after the Camardas’ son Will and nephew Andrew, Andrew Will has been a major contributor to the success and notoriety in recent years of Washington State wines. Initially, the winery consisted of 900 square feet of rented industrial space in Seattle. In the early days, everything was done by hand from shoveling grapes into crushers, to labeling and delivering the wine. In 1994, the Camardas moved to Vashon Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, where they built the present winery. They now have two buildings which allow them to make about 4300 cases of wine a year. They have also purchased land in Eastern Washington and planted 36 acres in grapes. Andrew Will makes Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. As Chris Camarda has developed his style of winemaking over the years, he has focused on the primacy of the vineyard over variety. It is now the driving force behind Andrew Will. While the idea of terroir has become almost a hollow marketing tool, it has great attraction for Chris in its purest form. "I believe that an individual piece of property can form a signature - an identity - and it is that face that is the focus of my winemaking, " he said. "We are trying to let the vineyards reveal themselves. I believe that if Washington is ever to be considered a great wine region we need to establish the characteristics of our geographical areas and the characteristics of each vineyard in those areas," he added. He also believes that blends of varieties also make the most complex and attractive wines. The Cabernet Franc and Merlot, two grapes which mature beautifully over the long growing season in Eastern Washington, when blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, best express the characteristics of a vineyard. For instance, the 1999 Sorella is made up of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet France and 15% Merlot. Andrew Will has no plans to increase the size of the winery or its output but instead to focus on the vineyards and the care needed to produce the kind of fruit to satisfy the Andrew Will ideals. Read less

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Already the Champoux is showing itself to be complex, having not only primary fruit flavors, but also components of flora and earth as well as mineral aspects. Each year since we have been making this wine we have enjoyed watching its journey as it changes in bottle. We are expecting more and more from the vineyard and feel that we are being rewarded for our demands from it. WINE & VINTAGE: 2001 Champoux COMPOSITION/HARVEST DATE: 68% Cab Sauv / 10.01.01 18% Cab Franc / 10.01.01 10% Merlot / 09.17.01 4% Petit Verdot / 10.05.01 AVERAGE AGE OF VINES: 20 years FINISHED WINE Titratable Acidity: 5.9 g/L pH: 3.8 Alcohol: 14.4% COOPERAGE: Taransaud and Demptos new French 35% TIME IN BARRELS: 21 months BOTTLING DATE: 06.10.03 RELEASE DATE: 10.01.03 TOTAL PRODUCTION: Cases/750ML 588

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